We have a new member of our team. The Nature Trust is very happy to announce that Dr. Jasper Lament has joined us as our CEO. Jasper comes to us with many years of conservation experience. To get to know him better, we asked him to tell us a little about himself.
1. What made you decide to go into conservation?
Like many BC kids I was introduced to the outdoors by my parents. We lived on a small hobby farm on the Fraser River and I grew up looking for frogs and salamanders in the local ponds, and salmon in the creek. We also enjoyed family camping trips to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, and trout fishing in the Interior. When I was 14 I won a Ducks Unlimited essay contest and spent a week touring wetland conservation projects in southern Alberta and banding Canada geese. It was a relatively dry summer, yet we saw duck and goose broods on almost every Ducks Unlimited project we visited. That really got me excited about on-the-ground conservation. I then started reading about conservation, especially books by Roderick Haig-Brown.
2. What’s your favourite natural place to visit in BC?
For wildlife watching, nothing surpasses Triangle Island, a very isolated seabird research station north of Vancouver Island. I spent a summer there doing field biology, surrounded by many thousands of pairs of nesting puffins and auklets, next to a large colony of sea lions. It was like being in an episode of “The Living Planet!”
My wife and I have spent memorable weekends exploring Texada Island, relaxing on Savary Island, and in Tunkwa Provincial Park. Fishing with my dad on one of our favourite trout lakes near Merritt is hard to beat. Closer to home, a few hours of salmon fishing on English Bay on a summer evening can be a great way to end the day.
Welcome to The Nature Trust of BC, Jasper! We look forward to working with you in conserving BC’s natural legacy.